Crying in the Wilderness
- Jan 13, 2002
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- Down the rabbit hole...
JRRT made an interesting writing somewhere that it was a possibiluty that the Balrog of Moria was indeed not a Balrog, but Saruman himself! However, it was discarder as Saruman (if he was a balrog) would have died and would then not have been seen later in LotR. However, it is an incredibly interesting concept that Tolkien considered this. Here is a few passages from the seventh volume of 'The History of Middle-earth: The Treason of Isengard'. The first is from page 236:
On page 422 it says:There remain to notice some remarkable pencilled notes that occur on pages of this manuscript. The first is written on the back of the page (which is marked as being an insertion into the text) that bears the song of Nimrodel, and reads: Could not the Balrog be Saruman? Make battle on Bridge be between Gandalf and Saruman? Then Gandalf ... clad in white."
The quotes are quite similar but I find it fascinating that Tolkien at one point considered the possibility that the Balrog of Moria could have Saruman. Anyone agree?"He should have a trial of strength with Saruman. Could the Balrog of the Bridge be in fact Saruman? Or better? as in older sketch Saruman is very affable. With this compare the initial sketch for 'The Rider of Rohan', p. 389. The extraordinary idea that the Balrog of Moria might be Saruman has appeared in a note written on the back of a page of the fair copy manuscript of 'Lothlorien', p. 236: 'Could not the Balrog be Saruman? Make battle on Bridge be between Gandalf and Saruman?"